Dennis Donahue 5K results 9.12

Written by David Green.

Uncommon success.

That’s the only way to describe the result of this year’s Dennis Donahue Memorial “Trot for a Track” run/walk in Lyons Aug. 26.

This year’s $32,000 profit was unusual, explained organizer Karen Donahue, because of a sizable private donation, although she wouldn’t mind at all if that became commonplace every year.

Last month’s run was only the second year of the annual event. The initial effort brought in $25,000 to help pay for the new running track at Evergreen High School.

The track was dedicated Friday at Evergreen’s home football opener and is open for public use. That helps meet another focus of the project—promoting a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Organizers of the run have committed to providing $25,000 a year to pay for the new track, bleachers and concession stand.

Karen Donahue was delighted with the results of this year’s run.

“It’s excellent for a small town,” she said.

Among the 500 participants, 320 took part in the 5K run. The top three male runners were Billy Neri of Riga (17:26), Benjamin Mack (18:54) and Zach Phillips of Morenci (19:07).

The top female runners were Janell Toth (21:37), Melanie Brock of Swanton (22:18) and Karen Donahue of Lyons (22:32).

Participants ranged from age three to 79. Those who completed the 5K ranged from four to 72.

FEMALE
10 and under: Bailey Double, 29:06
Courtney Boger, 30:32
Nicole Butson, 31:25
11-14: Rachel Audet, 22:46
Marissa Callicotte, 23:48
Madison Shindorf, 25:46
15-19: Melanie Brock, 22:18
Ashley Whitehead, 23:52
Kelly Johnston, 24:06
20-24: Heidi Keller, 24:03
Carrie Radel, 25:51
Sara Whitehead, 31:53
25-29:
Trisha Langenderfer, 24:45
Jerren Case, 26:16
Kate Arnold, 29:17
30-34: Janell Toth, 21:37
Kassandra Dominique, 23:14
Heather Fee, 26:26
35-39: Ryndell Bzovi, 25:05
Peggie Haywood, 27:03
Amy Hudik, 28:06
40-44: Karen Donahue, 22:32
Angie Vanostrand, 24:31
Kathy Zumfelde, 26:46
45-49: Sharon Rodriguez, 28:41
Laurie Liebich, 29:58
Beth Vollmar, 31:06
50-54: Debbie May, 34:15
Michelle Schmitz, 46:45
Jo Gleckler, 48:03
55-59: Diana Box, 36:24
Linda Dusseau, 42:04
Shirley Vandesande, 46:57
60-64: Karen Vollmar, 48:32
65 and over: Theresa Marvin, 41:29
Jan Crawford, 48:23
Ruth Hutchison

MALE
10 and under: Daniel Hilton, 25:07
Jacob Reynolds, 27:38
Carter Bzovi, 27:40
11-14: Michael Becker, 20:08
Ben Cleland, 22:41
Derek Truckor, 23:03
15-19: Billy Neri, 17:26
Benjamin Mack, 18:54
Zach Phillips, 19:07
20-24: Matthew Fether, 20:26
Christopher Holt, 21:33
Mark Rupp, 21:34
25-29: Joe Allen, 20:47
Alan Albright, 50:14
30-34: Keith Leatherman, 20:38
Greg Wyse, 33:00
Phil Henricks, 48:57
35-39: Tom Vernot, 19:22
Matt Bowers, 19:35
Brian Duncan, 21:32
40-44: John Dominique, 20:55
Don Brighton, 22:56
Dane Vollmar, 23:37
45-49: Dave Eicher, 22:04
Tim McCormick, 23:33
William Swanson, 26:29
50-54: Terry Kotalik, 21:01
Mike Williams, 21:32
Curtis Fether, 26:56
55-59: Gary Valentine, 20:45
Tom Striggow, 21:22
Harry Ausderan, 23:19
60-64: David Koelsch, 22:35
65 and over: Bernie Marvin, 24:37
Ronald Gill, 29:46

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